Is Easter A Hiccup?

Pope Francis tweeted a few days ago some thoughts on Easter and the Resurrection, (yes, the Pope uses twitter and often!) “Let us meditate with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Lord’s Resurrection.” “Since Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and a new heart at every event of our…

Blessed to be a Blessing

We are in that time in our church year calendar, right after Easter, when the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is just starting to hit the disciples and it’s implications are sinking in. Soon, they will be brought before councils and judges for the sake of the Risen Jesus, they will have to…

For Fear Of?

There is an interesting phrase in the Bible, it is, “for fear of.” For fear of the jews, for fear of the jewish authorities, for fear of others. From Jesus at the Feast of booths in John 7 when people wouldn’t talk about Jesus openly out of fear. To Nicodemus seeing Jesus at night in…

What is Jesus worth to you?

What is knowing Jesus Christ worth to you? But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in…

Would Jesus Choose That?

Sometimes church families get so busy doing churchy kind of stuff that we often forgot what this is all about. That is Jesus. Jesus is the reason for a church family to be together, for us to meet and spend time together, for us to listen to His words, meditate on them and receive his…

Whose words are coming out of your mouth?

This past week, in my day to day conversations, I have quoted lyrics of songs and lines from movies, I’ve also spoken a lot of words that have come just from me, both positive and negative ones. I bet the same can be said of you. But I wonder how my conversations would have changed…

What will quench your thirst?

Have you ever been thirsty? Really, really thirsty? I remember years ago when Shiloh and I were in central Mexico on a mission trip to help build a home for disabled children. The work was hard and hot underneath that unforgiving sun and available clean water was very hard to come by. I was thirsty….

The Third Death- Good Works

This is the first part in our Lenten Series: The Third Death-Outward Marks of the Inward Life in Christ.  Good Works In our study of the outward marks of the inward Christian life, we identified 5 marks that have been known throughout church history, Prayer, Study, Worship, Duty, Mercy. Another way of wording these marks…

For God So Loved…You!

For God so loved the world that he gave his Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16 This is easily one of the most memorized and popular lines of Scripture, but because of how familiar it is to us, it also becomes one of the easiest…

The Third Death

On Ash Wednesday the faithful received a sign of death placed upon their foreheads. We say the words at a funeral, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” If a loved one is cremated many have their ashes in a special container or in a vault. Many as well will scatter those ashes to the…

A Sign Of Death

Tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday, the observance of the season of lent begins. The Lenten Season starts  with the sign of the cross placed upon the foreheads of faithful Christians across the world, placed there with ashes, a sign of mortality and death. However, it is this visible sign of death that is also a visible…

4 Words You Don’t Hear About Much

Honor. Duty. Responsibility. Hard Work. These are some of the words that I have not heard about recently. Not in movies, or tv, or in the news or on the streets. My. Me. Want. Now. These are some of the words that I hear constantly in the movies, tv, news and on the streets. We…